The reason that Agoda has become interesting is that it has started to offer frequent flyer miles with every hotel booking you make via a new service called PointsMAX.
Neither British Airways or Virgin Atlantic are PointsMAX partners, unfortunately. On the upside, it does work with a large number of other airlines where it is often tricky for UK residents to earn miles without flying.
Agoda PointsMAX partners are:
- AirAsia BIG
- Asia Miles
- Delta SkyMiles
- Fortune Wings Club
- Singapore KrisFlyer
- Philippine Airlines Mahubhay Miles (new one to me!)
- SkyPearl Club
- United MileagePlus
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- China Airlines Dynasty
- Eastern Miles
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Ping An Wanlitong (another new one to me!)
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
The earning rate, based on American Airlines, seems to be roughly 1 mile per £1 spent. There are special promotions on certain rooms. What you won’t see at the moment are any generous new customer bonuses of the sort regularly offered by Kaligo.com or Rocketmiles.
Remember that any room booked via Agoda PointsMAX will NOT earn hotel loyalty points from the hotel itself as it will be treated as a third-party booking. You may or may not get your status benefits depending on the chain and the attitude of the individual hotel.
You can have a play around with PointsMAX to check out the earning potential here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)